Jorge Araujo
Jorge Araujo
Phone: (657) 278-5357
Previous College: Cal Poly Pomona '92
Position: Assistant Coach (2nd Season)

Jorge Araujo completed his second season as an assistant on the Cal State Fullerton softball staff where he is the head recruiting coordinator and is responsible for working with the infielders, while also managing the offense. 

Last season, the Titans finished strong to make a postseason push, winning seven of their final 10 games, including a three-game sweep at Cal State Northridge to conclude the season. Araujo led Fullerton to a staggering improvement in a whopping 10 offensive categories including batting avg. (.300), runs (303), hits (431), doubles (70), home runs (57), RBIs (253), total bases (690), slugging pct. (.479), walks (170) and on-base pct. (.385). CSF carded its first .300 team average since the 2000 season. 

Individually, Araujo oversaw the first Big West Player of the Year for the program in University of Washington transfer, Missy Taukeiaho. The sophomore single-handedly rewrote both the program and conference record books in four separate categories including scoring 62 times, inking her into the books for most in a single-season, blasting 19 home runs, notching her into the No. 2 spot on the single-season charts while finishing No. 6 in RBI (51) and No. 9 in batting average with a .429 clip. She was also decorated with a plethora of additional honors including being selected on the NFCA All-American Third Team (the first since Kiki Munoz earned second team honors in 2008), and All-West Region First Team as a third baseman, All-Big West Conference First Team and three conference Player of the Week accolades over the season (weeks of Feb. 3-10, Mar. 24-31 and Apr. 14-21), good for third most all-time in Big West Conference history.

In his first season in 2012-13, he helped the Titans close out the season winning 13 of its final 15 games, while finishing third in the Big West. With his help assisting the defense Fullerton committed only 48 errors, the least amount of errors committed in the program's history. 

"Coach Araujo is a great addition to our staff," said head coach Kelly Ford. "He is an outstanding skill technician and a true teacher of the game. I am excited to coach with him and learn from his experiences. He is a true professional with incredible passion for coaching. Coach Araujo fits right in with the rest of our staff."

Araujo has served as a head coach for the Lakewood Firecrackers 18U-Gold squad since 2008 following six years as a head coach with the Lakewood Ladies Junior Olympic squad from 2003-08. During his tenure with the Firecrackers, Araujo helped lead the club to the ASA National Championship in 2008, a 2012 Triple Crown USA national title, and three ASA California State Championships.

A teacher in the Los Angeles Unifed School District since 2007, he was also the head varsity coach at Maywood Academy High School in Maywood, Calif., leading the Nighthawks to the City Section finals in 2012.

Collegiately, Araujo played two seasons of baseball at nearby Cal Poly Pomona as an infielder in 1988-89 after transferring from Rio Hondo Junior College. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor's degree in 1992.